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The Rewatch 216: Vortex

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode: 1:12 Vortex (04/19/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:

Cliff DeYoung (Croden) – He has appeared on West Wing and JAG.  He also appeared in one of my favorite war movies, Glory (1989)

Randy Oglesby (Ah-Kel/Ro-Kel) –Ogleby will be reappearing in many Star Trek episodes, including a recurring role in Enterprise as Degra.

Gordon Clapp (Hadran)– His most well known role is Det. Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue.

Kathleen Garrett (Vulcan Captain) – Garrett has appeared on several TV shows, including Law and Order SVU.

Review:

This is one of those episodes where Its very important to the overall arc of the series, but otherwise is largely forgettable. This episode delves into Odo’s sense of self, and his desire to learn more about the people that he belongs to. 

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NanoWrimo, July and Content!

Happy Summer everyone!

This month I’m back to attempting a regular posting schedule.  I typed it up even!  Part of it is an attempt to actually write during a Nano Camp, and part of it is to help me create structure (schedule at least) in my life.  So here are a few things you have to look forward to this month:

I will be writing a variety of posts so there is a little for everyone.  The majority of the posts will be Rewatch posts as I continue the 2020 project to rewatch/watch new the entirety of the Star Trek franchise.  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be the theme posts.  Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday will be the Rewatch posts.

History

For those of you here for my history posts, they will be back.  I have an article on the declaration in honor of July 4th (which will not have a post the day of), as well as two posts for the Women of History Series.  The first post will be on Marie de Bourgogne, Duchess of Burgundy and mother of the Hapsburg Dynasty.  Later in the month we will look at Julius Caesar’s sisters – Both named Julia.  The month of July was named after their brother, but they had connections to much of the Empire’s future.

Book It Reviews:

I’m attempting to catch up in doing reviews on books I’ve already read this year, so expect 2-3 book it posts this month.  All three planned are romance novels but coming in the future months I’ll have some mystery and non-fiction to add to the pot.

Writing:

July is the second Camp Nano, and this year I will be making three posts (including this one) giving you updates on my attempts to write 10,000 words (which will be adjusted as I meet said goal) and what I’m working on.  This year I am going to be using my essays on History as well as work on some fiction (both original and fandom related).  My goal is to have at least 500 words a day, because I’m starting off slow and working myself up to what I used to be able to write in a day. 500 words is almost a page typed (this post is almost 500 words itself!  I will limit mentions to those three posts, but if you want to talk about it with me elsewhere, I am available on Twitter.

New Theme: Art!

One of my hobbies is being an artist, so this month I’m going to add art to this blog.  This month is International Watercolor Month, so I plan on taking a post to talk about Watercolor, and some of my favorite artists who use it.  Maybe even try some watercolor myself.

Check my twitter account for my daily doodles this month as I try to rework those tired art muscles I let go to waste.

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General Update

I want to apologize for those of you who regularly read my blog for the lack of posts. The last year or so (hell, lets just go with the 2020s) have been very stressful for me and I’ve been dealing with mental health issues (Work stress, world events, and the death of two grandparents and a step-aunt) which have caused me to give up alot of things I enjoyed doing, including this blog. Depression comes in many forms.

I plan on continuing with this blog in the future. I’m giving myself the month of June to start preparing and getting new posts ready so that in July you’ll receive regular posts from me. At least 2 a week, with the hope to eventually go back to the 3 a week. Topics will include my history series, The Rewatch series, book reviews, and maybe some writing exercises since those seemed to go over well.

If there is a topic you would like to see me write about, I’m open to suggestions. You can comment to this post or tweet me (@sokorra).

Thanks for your patience. Hope you all are having a good year so far that things are looking up for us all.

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Happy Holidays

I’ll be taking a break from my “Rewatch 2020″project this holiday (or at least worrying about getting posts out) for the rest of the month. I’ll restart posts in January.

I hope everyone has a great holiday (which ever one you celebrate, for me its Christmas) and a Happy new Year! See you all in 2022!

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The Rewatch: 164: First Contact

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 4.15 First Contact (02/18/1991)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1/34

Notable Guest Stars:
Bebe Neuwirth (Lanel ) She is probably most known from her role on Fraiser (and earlier Cheers) She is also probably the most known of the actors on this list for just that.

George Coe (Arvel Durken)-  I know him best as a reoccurring character, Senater Stackhouse, on The West Wing. I loved him on that show, and his character in this episode is remarkable similar if younger and with more power.

Carolyn Seymour (Marista Yale)- Seymour has presented quite a list of credits, working both in live action and voice work.  She has contributed to both Star Trek, Star Wars and several video games such as Mass Effect.

George Hearn (Berel)- Hearn has several broadway credits, including playing Sweeney Todd with Angela Landsbury for a Showtime presentation (for which he won an Emmy).  He has also won several Tony Awards.  A more recent credit includes 1999’s Sarah Plain and Tall: Winter’s End, a direct to DVD sequal to Sarah Plan and Tall.

Michael Ensign (Krola)- Ensign would appear several times over the course of Star Trek, including in 2003 for the episode “Stigma”.  He also would have several Broadway credits, and like Carolyn Seymour, have several video game voice credits, including Bio-shock 2.

Sachi Parker (Tava)- Parker had a relatively short film career, with her last film being in 2010. She has gained notoriety because of her famous mother, Shirley MacLaine, and for writing an autobiography of her childhood.

Review:
 

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The Rewatch 144: Captain’s Holiday

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 3.19 Captain’s Holiday (04-02-1990)
Rating: 4.5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/.5/22

Notable Guest Stars:

Jennifer Hetrick – Vash.  She will return as the character twice more, once on TNG and once on DS9.
Max Grodenchik –
Sovak. He played many characters over the year, but mostly is known for being Rom, Quark’s younger brother on DS9.Apparently he’s in Apollo 13, but I don’t recall seeing him.  Oh, well.  What a hardship to rewatch my favorite movie again.

Review:

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The Rewatch 65: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 3.15 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (01-10-1969)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/49

Notable Guest Stars:
Frank Gorshin- Commissioner Bele.  He is another Batman series Alum.
Lou Antonio –
Lokai. He is known for his role in films such as Cool Hand Luke.

Review:

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The Rewatch 57: Day of the Dove

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 3.07 Day of The Dove (10-18-68)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/2/46

Notable Guest Stars:
  Michael Ansara – Kang.  He will portray Kang in three episodes over the decades.  He was also known for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow.  He served as a medic in WWII.
Susan Howard –
Mara.  She is known for her role on Dallas.

Review:

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